Dean Files Countersuit Against Gibson, Seeks Trademark Cancellations

(Image credit: Gibson)

The ongoing legal battle between the Gibson and Dean guitar companies has taken a new turn. Last month, Gibson sued Armadillo Enterprises, the parent company of Dean, for trademark infringement, trademark counterfeiting, unfair competition and trademark dilution in regard to several of its designs, in particular the Flying V and Explorer. 

Now, Armadillo has filed a countersuit seeking to dismiss the case and alleging “tortious interference with Armadillo’s business relationships and/or contracts” in the months prior to the Gibson filing.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Guitar World Staff

Since 1980, Guitar World has been the ultimate resource for guitarists. Whether you want to learn the techniques employed by your guitar heroes, read about their latest projects or simply need to know which guitar is the right one to buy, Guitar World is the place to look.